Recent top-tier phones from Samsung have managed to propagate to major U.S. and international carriers while retaining their model names, like the Samsung Galaxy S III or the Samsung Galaxy Note II. As one moves down into the mid-tier range, we are starting to see carriers renaming Samsung devices to be more carrier specific. The most recent example is the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini which has surfaced on the FCC web site in a filing for T-Mobile with the model name listed as the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit. US Cellular has released the same phone with the Samsung Galaxy Axiom name.
Apparently originality in names is not a major requirement for carriers seeking to bring a new product to market, even one like the Galaxy S III Mini with its scaled down hardware and price tag relative to its “bigger” sibling. In the past carriers have branded devices as the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G, the Samsung Exhibit II, and the Samsung Exhibit 4G.
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US Cellular, the nation’s eighth largest wireless provider, is offering anyone bringing 2+ lines a fat $300 payoff. The carrier will issue payment in the form of a MasterCard debit card. The phone selection isn’t too bad either, the Galaxy S III is available for a subsidized rate of $149 while the Galaxy Note II is $349. US Cellular only has a handful of LTE cities, none in California, but they tend to makeup for their lack of 4G coverage with lower rates. As a CDMA carrier it is unable to support GSM phones like the Nexus 4 which made its long awaited return to the Play Store yesterday.
There’s a $30 activation fee and the promotion does not apply in all markets so interested parties should hit the source to investigate further.
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With US’s other 4 major carriers already delivering the Jelly Bean update to their Samsung Galaxy S III, US Cellular is next up in line and plans on releasing the update this Friday the 21st. As you and I already know, Jelly Bean brings forth some great speed enhancements and the much popular Google Now feature to your S III. As for TouchWiz, you can expect several new features, mainly in the camera app department as it brings forth several new features and enhancements in the TouchWiz camera software.
The update will be provided via an OTA, but it seems like a manual update via Samsung Kies can also be achieved if you wish to go that route. Hit up the source link for more information!
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It may be the start of the holiday season, but there are always great deals available for prospective smartphone shoppers looking to grab a sweet phone that won’t break the bank. In fact, there used to be the notion that in order to grab a phone under $100 on-contract, you’d have to settle for an outdated or budget-level device. However that notion is no longer the case as customers across all carriers can easily find a decent (if not great) device for a reasonable price. Of course figuring out which device may be a bit difficult, but don’t fret— Talk Android has you covered as we’ve come up with a solid guide with our recommendations of the best devices for under $100 on-contract for your respective wireless carrier. So without further ado, head on past the break to see our picks of the best devices that won’t break the bank.
Not too long ago we heard rumors of the Galaxy S III Mini hitting US Cellular as the Galaxy Axiom. If you were holding out for this phone, you’re in luck, as the Axiom is now available on US Cellular for an attractive $0.01 on a new contract or upgrade. The specs are in line with the rumors: 4 inch WVGA screen, 1.2 ghz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel camera, 1.3 megapixel front-camera, and ICS running TouchWiz on top. It also features 4G LTE radios, but only if you live in a supported US Cellular market. It also has Google Wallet out of the box, which is rare.
If you don’t want to spend much on a smartphone but want a small piece of Samsung’s flagship brand, the Axiom is a great choice.
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Sprint has agreed to buy airwaves and customers from the Midwest section of US Cellular’s market to the tune of $480 million. Not a cheap acquisition, but Sprint hopes to use this band of coverage in parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio to bolster their 4G LTE coverage. Considering Sprint is falling pretty far behind in LTE coverage compared to AT&T and Verizon, I’d say that’s a pretty smart move. Read more
Multi-regional carrier US Cellular has announced an additional slew of new 4G LTE markets today, expanding its previous road map in several states. According to the company’s official PR; Wisconsin, North Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Oklahoma are all set to receive additional, new 4G LTE markets beginning November 5th. In addition to these expansions, US Cellular has also listed four new markets that are to receive expansions at some point before the end of 2012. In total, the carrier hopes to cover 58 percent of customers by year’s end. Hit the break for today’s press release. Read more
US Cellular has announced availability for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, alerting customers that the device would make its debut this Friday, October 26th. Customers can continue to pre-order through Thursday, and orders will begin shipping as early as tomorrow. This lines up nicely with Sprint’s launch which kicks off in just a few short hours. Pricing is slated at $299 with a new two-year commitment, mirroring the cost of both the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon models.
In terms of hardware, the US Cellular variant of the Galaxy Note II remains identical to its cross-network counterparts. This ultimately means you get the same 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display (1,280 x 720 pixels), 8-megapixel rear camera and 3,100mAh battery all running atop Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
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US Cellular just announced that the Samsung Galaxy Note II is available for pre-order on their website. The behemoth of a phone is currently $299.99 after an instant online rebate. If you want to wait until it hits stores, the phablet is currently scheduled for a late October release, but the rebate will be mail-in. So far USCC is only offering the 16gb Titanium Grey flavor for pre-order, but for those who were fans of the original Note, this shouldn’t be much of a problem.
The phone, which sports a massive 5.5-inch Super-AMOLED HD display as well as Samsung’s super powered 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos processor is the first phone outside of Korea to sport both 4G LTE connectivity and a quad-core processor. By offering this in addition to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S3, USCC is presenting themselves to be a strong competitor in the smartphone market.
Full press release after the break:
US Cellular have released an app that helps their customers easily find Wi-Fi connections while they’re on the go. The app is called Wi-Fi Now and is available in the Play Store for free. Once you launch the application on your device, you will be automatically connected to known good Wi-Fi access points that are available around you. The app can also be configured to automatically connect to your Wi-Fi at home after manually entering the connection information. According to US Cellular, this feature will be pre-loaded on all of their Android devices from now on.
This can be a great application for customers looking to save data usages each month. More information available in the press release after the break!